I may have celebrated another big birthday earlier this month, but I’m still a teenager in my head. I’ve got the Monday Blues so I thought I’d share some songs I recorded straight from the radio to a blank cassette tape back in my teen years. These songs always cheer me up. I sometimes miss the old days before iPods, iTunes and YouTube. 🙂
Avril Lavigne – Unwanted. This was my “I’m pissed off and you’ll leave me alone if you know what’s good for you” song. I had a ball belting this out at the top of my lungs when I was 19 or so – okay, I still like to shout out these lyrics today. Avril’s songs tell stories, something severely lacking from a lot of pop music.
Britney Spears – I could choose any of her songs from her first few albums. It’s Britney Bitch! I’m going with “(You Drive Me) Crazy” ’cause I love the video – look, it even has Sabrina the Teenage Witch in it. My friends and I would try to learn all the dance moves to her songs when we were 16. We loved her. She made some of my school days bearable. It’s a pity her music in recent years pretty much sucks.
Matchbox 20 – Push. I got that stomach crunching, pivotal life changing moment feeling the first time I heard this. That feeling when you hear a new song or band for the first time and know you’re going to have a love affair with them. 🙂 Think I was lying on my bed in the middle of the day with the radio on and I heard Matchbox 2o for the first time. Rob Thomas’s voice struck a chord with me (ladies you know the chord I’m talking about). I was a goner for this band after that.
Savage Garden – Crash and Burn. Savage Garden was my favourite band from my school days, once I got over the whole boyband Backstreet Boys phase. The Australian duo were cool and funky, producing a mix of ballads and soft rock laced with electronic sounds. There’s something irrisistibly melancholy yet beautiful about this track. All Savage Garden songs tell a story. I get all nostalgic listening to their songs.
Bon Jovi- It’s My Life. Just a fun, let loose rock anthem. If you look closely you’ll see the gorgeous Will Estes from Blue Bloods and Shiri Appleby from Roswell.
Juniper – Weatherman. (made up of Irish man Damien Rice and Bell X 1 before they parted company). A moody song. I would imagine standing in the pouring rain and feeling alive. Ah, the good old teen years.
The Coors – Radio . I could have chosen any of their songs from the late 90s, early 2000s, but I’m going with this one because I love the lyrics – “You are in my head…tangled in my dreams…” and it’s damn catchy, like most of their stuff.
Backstreet Boys – Everybody. I spent so many slumber parties with friends doing the moves to this song and debating who we’d rather have as our boyfriend, Nick or Brien. As we grew older, Kevin emerged the winner. And the monster theme to this video – icing on the cake.
Placebo – Every You Every Me. This reminds me instantly of Cruel Intentions which we all flocked to once we learned Buffy, aka Sarah Michelle Gellar would be starring as a cocaine snorting bad girl. We were also introduced to the lovely Ryan Phillippe.
Natalie Imbruglia – Wising I Was There. The original video isn’t showing up on YouTube for me, but I found it at the link below. With lyrics like “Every night the moon is mine”- of course I loved it.
So there you have it, a trip through my teen years. I couldn’t include every song that meant something to me. If you made it to the end of this post, I’d love to know what songs you loved as a teenager that can still bring you right back to your 17 year old safe.